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  • While checking out damages after a recent tornado in Cedarville, Ohio, meteorologist Rich Wirdzek found a kitten mewling under some rubble.

    Wirdzek captured footage of the kitty's rescue and shared it on his Facebook page. We first saw the story over at The Vane.

    The unnamed kitten looks a little worse for wear as Wirdzek picks it from the debris and takes it to his TV van, where he helped get the little guy warmed up, according to a report from WHIO, where Wirdzek works.

    The footage of Wirdzek helping the soaking wet kitten out of the rubble while whispering encouraging words could melt the heart of the Grinch, Darth Vader and maybe even old Mr. Potter from "It's a Wonderful Life." Cynics have nowhere to hide -- it's just that cute.

    WHIO reports that the kitten was returned to its family, where one hopes it was given a warm saucer of milk and enough yarn to help it forget the past few days.

    The EF3 category tornado Wednesday destroyed several homes. There were no reported injuries or

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  • Police officer, mail carrier team up to stop runaway pickup

    Police car's dashcam captures footage of driverless South Carolina pickup

    A man's attempt to fix his pickup truck by tinkering with the engine led to a wild scene in Chesnee, South Carolina.

    The man, 83-year-old Frederick Watkins, got his pickup started after working a little magic under the hood. Unfortunately, he didn't realize that his truck was already in reverse. The vehicle, which thankfully had its wheels turned, began spinning in circles in an empty lot.

    Watkins was knocked over by the truck and was in danger of being run over. That's when mail carrier Rusty Tucker came on the scene.

    "The first thing I noticed was a man laying in the parking lot, and he was bleeding pretty bad," Tucker told WYFF. Tucker pulled Watkins to safety and away from the circling truck.

    Step one was done -- Watkins was safe. But how to stop the truck? Enter police officer Tim Walker, who told WYFF he tried to jump into the truck's cab but was knocked down. "It was going a lot faster than it looks," Walker told WYFF.

    Unable to get into the driver's seat, Walker improvised,

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  • Popeye by Jeff Koons and Six Self-Portraits by Andy Warhol are displayed at Sotheby's in New York on May 2, 2014. (AFP Photo/Emmanuel Dunand)

    Ask the average person what he or she would do with $28 million, and we're guessing that buying a 2,000-pound statue of Popeye the Sailor Man would be near the bottom of the list.

    Not so for casino mogul and billionaire Steve Wynn. The Las Vegas tycoon recently dropped $28 million for a larger-than-life statue designed by legendary artist Jeff Koons, the Wall Street Journal reports.

    The piece had been expected to draw around $25 million during the Sotheby's auction in New York, according to Art Daily.  When will people learn to stop underestimating Popeye?

    The idea of spending so much on a statue of the spinach-chomping, Bluto-stomping cartoon character may sound ridiculous, but the piece of art may prove to be a wise investment on Wynn's part.

    Koons only created three of the Popeye statues. Another of his works, Balloon Dog, was auctioned for a staggering $58 million last year, making it the most expensive piece of art sold by a living artist, CNBC reports.

    In a 2012 interview with

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    Awesome new Google Maps trick makes travel planning even easier

    Google unveiled a new Google Maps trick that should further help users who often find themselves planning trips and/or outdoor activities with the help of the company’s popular mapping application: The desktop version of Google Maps now lets users measure distances between various points. In order to activate the feature, users simply have to load the new Google Maps desktop version and right-click on the map of their choosing, preferably on the starting point of their trip, bike run, run, or anything else, and then click “measure distance.” Then, they simply have to click anywhere on the map to create a path, with Google Maps letting them add as many points as they want along the way. Once placed on the

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    HIV infections are rising among gay men in many parts of the world, the World Health Organization warned Friday, urging all men who have sex with men to take antiretroviral drugs to prevent infection. "We are seeing exploding epidemics," warned Gottfried Hirnschall, who heads WHO's HIV department. While images of skeletal men dying of AIDS in the 1980s pushed the world to act, a younger generation that has grown up among new treatments that make it possible to live with HIV are less focused on the disease, he suggested. Today, this group is 19 times more likely than the general population to be infected by HIV, Hirnschall said.

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